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Retirement Plan Contribution Limits, Yes There is a Limit

Jun 18, 2008
The limits we are talking about are those that you have on your monthly payments for your retirement plan. This is of course a thing that you should be aware of at the time that you start to make a plan for your retirement. A plan that gives you a benefit on the monthly contribution will have a maximum that you are allowed to save.

Always keep a eye at the amount you are allowed to save per month or year and still have all the benefits of the plan. A very popular plan is the 401K and for this plan there are two sets of limits that you should be aware of, these are the 401K contribution guide lines imposed by the US government and the 401K employer imposed limits.

Maximizing has its advantages

Starting to participate in a 401K plan is the best way to maximize your investments. A benefits coordinator will be available to you to whom you can speak an talk. This person will help you with all the questions that you have and tell you also if you can start with this plan or not.

You have to keep in mind that it is important to understand that every company has its own vesting process and the employer has to learn when they will become vested. The other thing you will have to remember is that some of the 401K plans allow so called hardship withdrawals, and a person, who has a hardship, can decide to withdraw from the fund, the moment they do this the amount withdrawn is taxable and the person will not be able to give a contribution to the fund for a period up to six months.

If things are not clear to about possible limits on your retirement plan contributions you should talk to a professional financial adviser, they will be able to take a look at your retirement plan and tell where the possible limits are.

It is important that you plan your retirement and if you read about limitations and the things you need to consider it can be a bit overwhelming. Don't let that stop you planning. Read up on the subject and ask around or search online and learn about the plans you want to know more about. Not understanding is one of the main reasons people don't even start the planning process of their retirement. There is no need to be scarred about this subject, you can ask a financial consultant or other people already in the process of planning.

Always be aware that there are retirement plan contribution limits but don't let that scare you away from the subject. It is something to keep in the back of your mind. Keep in mind that there are contribution and withdrawal limits and you will be fine. Planning your retirement as early as possible is what you should be doing and the sooner you learn about the limiting features of a plan the quicker you can correct it by choosing something else or by switching to another plan if that is possible.
About the Author
John Chomsky worked as a consultant helping other people plan for their retirement. Almost forgetting his own. Take a look at his website if you want to find out more about retirement planning calculator or retirement sayings
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